Forth Valley Sensory Centre

Information about Groups and Classes

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A wide range of social groups and activities take place every day of the week within Centre offering people a chance to chat, meet other people, try new things and have fun.


Below you will find a list of our latest groups as well as some of our more established activities. New members are always welcome and we value your ideas. If you have a suggestion for a group or would like to use our centre to put on your own activity, please contact


Latest and upcoming groups/activities


Art Workshops: We will be running a monthly art workshop in partnership with Delta Art Studios in Larbert. These sessions are for people with a sensory impairment and will be designed to suit individual requirements. Sessions are due to start in September and will cost £30 per session. Transport is available from the Sensory Centre. Check with Brenda at the Centre for further information.


Foot Practitioner: Keep your feet sweet with Helena. Appointments can be made each Thursday with our resident foot specialist. Helena offers nail cutting, treatment for corns or calluses, foot massage and assessment for all other conditions. Call 07955 424 421 or email to book your appointment. Prices vary.


Play & Chat: The Play & Chat group is a recent addition to the Centre meeting every second Thursday morning from 9:30am to 11am (weekly during the summer holidays) to provide a place for parents who have a child with a sensory impairment to meet up and socialise. Children are welcome (including siblings) and they can play in a safe environment while the parents are able to relax over a cup of tea with like minded people. There is a £1.50 charge which includes refreshments and snacks for young and old alike.


“Voices Off” Cafe: These are fun, informal sessions which take place in our cafe and are designed to encourage people to learn to use conversational BSL. These sessions take place on an ad-hoc basis and everyone is welcome. BSL speakers are on hand to provide encouragement and support. Check with the Centre for details of the next session.


Regular Groups and activities


Bo’ness Group: Members from Bo’ness meet on the last Wedenesday of each month at St Catherines Church. The group programme contains guest speakers and interesting trips! There is a £1.50 charge which covers refreshments.


Braille Class: Join our weekly class each Thursday between 10am and 12pm led by our expert tutor. Learn Braille at your own pace in a fun and supportive environment.


BSL OAP Group: Meets each Wednesday 12:30pm to 3pm with a varied programme, including guest speakers, outings, bingo sessions.


Computer Tutor led class for BSL users: Alternate Wednesdays from 10am to 12pm. Taking place in our IT Suite, the class covers all aspects of computing from complete beginners to those who want to get more from the digital world. £3 charge applies.


Deaf Club: Social Club that meets in the Centre every Friday evening (7pm to 10pm).


Dining Group: Join us on our culinary tour of Forth Valley, we visit differents restaurants, group members decide where we will try, transport and sighted guides may be available. Alternates between Wednesday and Fridays on a fortnightly basis. Contact Brenda for details.


Drop-in Social Independence Group: Open to people aged 18+ with a sensory impairment or additional support needs. The group provides an informal, relaxed environment for people to socialise and meet new friends in a safe supportive space.  Meets monthly on Monday 7pm to 9pm.


Health & Wellbeing: (Term time only) Working in conjunction with Forth Valley College Sport & Beauty Departments will offer Sports Classes and Beauty Treatments (indian head, back, shoulder or hand massage, facials, manicure and polish). Weekly on Thursday 1pm to 4pm.


Lip Reading Group: This is a group of people who meet at the Centre on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month (10am to 12pm) to practice their lip reading skills by discussing topical events and to socialise.


Lip Reading Class: Lip reading classes are available at the Centre on a weekly basis (Monday 6pm to 8pm) and are delivered by a qualified lip-reading tutor. These normally take place in the evening and run during college times. Check with the Centre for the next class date.


Macular Support Group: Meets on the last Thursday of the month in the afternoon (1:30pm to 3:30pm). This social and supportive group is organised by the Macular Society.


Sensory Singers: This fun friendly group of visually impaired people meet fortnightly on a Monday morning (10:30am to 12pm). If you enjoy singing why not join our singing group and bring along a friend. We are always looking for new members. We sing songs to suit all tastes ranging from Adele to South Pacific. You do not have to be a fabulous singer – no audition required! £4 charge to cover the cost of  our trained leader. You can see (and hear) the singers in action below.


Stirling Visually Impaired (VI) Outreach Group: Members from across the Stirling and District area meet on the second Tuesday of each month (11am to 1pm) at the Mayfield Community Centre. This is a social group of people with visual impairment who enjoy chatting, outings and sometimes invite along guest speakers.


VI Computer Class: The classes take place in our purpose built IT suite. The class is tutor led, open to complete beginners and those wanting to improve their skills. Learn about PCs and Tablets. Two sessions take place each Tuesday. Session one is 1pm to 3pm while a second session runs 3pm to 5pm. The cost is £3 to cover the cost of our expert tutor.


VI Reading Group: Read books ranging from classics to murder mysteries. Books are provided in audio format or large print by Falkirk Trust Library staff, join with other book lovers to discuss the book of the month. Meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month, 10am to 11am.


VI Social Group: Fortnighly group meet on a Monday morning from 10:30am to 12pm. For people with a visual impairment, who enjoy socialising, the group love quizzes, entertainers, guest speakers, singers and going out for lunch. There is a £1.50 charge which covers the costs of tea and coffee/refreshments.


VI Theatre Group: This group meet on an ad-hoc basis and go to theatre performances which are audio described and go on a touch tour prior to the show. The touch tours are led by Theatre staff, and give an opportunity for people to feel costumes and props, those attending previously have said it has added to their enjoyment of the show.


Wednesday Group: Our Wednesday Group is open to all people of all ages with a visual or hearing impairment. Recently Local Historian Ian Scott has been visiting group and has given an excellent insight in to the history of the local area. Contact Brenda for dates. There is a £1.50 charge which includes refreshments.